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Tick Safety Tips When Grooming Your Pet
Tick season has fully arrived. For pet owners, ticks are a concern 12 months out of the year. Regular grooming habits are encouraged to both detect and prevent ticks on your pets.
What are the most common areas ticks are found on animals? Which grooming habits will help you and your pet in the never-ending battle against ticks? These tips & tricks will help keep your pets healthy by improving your grooming methods.
Most Common Areas Ticks Feed on Pets
We’ve all been there – washing or grooming your pet, you find a tick firmly in place, feeding (who knows how long?) on your beloved four-legged friend. Next time, don’t let them surprise you! Here’s where to look for ticks on your pet:
- Ears. The soft cartilage and warm temperatures around the ears are – unfortunately – prime hiding spots for ticks.
- Collar. Always check your pet’s collar area for ticks – yes, even under anti-tick collars!
- Eyes. Ticks sometimes hide in literal plan sight…right next to your pet’s eyes. The eyelids especially should be thoroughly inspected.
- Groin and tail. When grooming your pet, pay extra attention to these areas.
How Can I Check My Pet for Ticks?
- Run your hands entirely across your pet’s body.
- Closely inspect any strange bumps on your pet’s skin.
- Check the paws – ticks can sometimes hide out immediately above ground level!
- Gently part your pet’s fur to inspect for possible ticks.
What about Water?
If you find a tick while grooming your pet, you may be tempted to simply spray the tick with water, in hopes of removing or drowning it. Not so fast – ticks have been known to survive entire cycles in a clothes washer.
Ticks can’t swim, but you can forget about drowning ticks in a bath – they can survive up to 72 hours submerged in H2O!